• Depression is the most treatable untreated major illness.
  • There are many ways of getting depressed (not just sin).
  • There are many avenues of help (Pray for God's answer), including what you do for yourself and including someone else in your life, maybe a counselor and/or medication.

Scriptures: Psalm 16:9, Psalm 39:7, Psalm 119:147, Lamentations 3:26, Romans 5:5, 1 Corinthians 13:13


  • If possible, someone from outside the family.
  • Someone to listen, but not too much!
  • Someone for you to answer to on a Daily Action Plan.
  • Someone to talk over suicide threat.


  • Balance.
  • God and His Word - constant and always dependable.
  • Myself - honest, not denial about problem, but do not keep focus here, even though it is so easy to do so. (Remember when God did work in your life!)
  • Others in need (as well as family) - Call up and don't tell the other person about your problems, but ask God to help you reach out to them while you're still dealing with your problem.
  • Pray for others.

Daily Plan of Action [and move on it]

  • Check in with friend.
  • Beware of overkill.
  • Be aware of the Level of Function for that day: 1. Poor 2. Fair 3. Good
  • Be aware that even small decisions are very difficult, thus a plan is helpful (clothes, quiet time, food).

Put on the Full Armor of God - including prayer [Ephesians 6:10-20]
By Rick J. Petronella, Ph. D. - Compass Consulting & Behavioral Medicine

Signs & Action Steps

                                       Signs           Scripture               Action Steps          

• escape to bed
• early a.m. waking
• HATING to get up


Ps. 127:2 'The Lord provides… while they are sleep.'

• one short nap
• Get up in the morning and stay up


• Dry mouth
• No appetite
• Maybe weight loss or gain

1 Cor. 10:31 'Whether you eat or drink… do all to the glory of God.'

• Eat enough
• Eat healthy food
• No sweets
• No caffeine (a mood-altering drug)

Exercise • Slow motion living 1 Tim. 4:8 'Physical exercise has some value.'

• DO IT!
• Walk 40 minutes, 3 times a week

Fun • Loss of interest Prov. 17:22 'A cheerful heart is good medicine.'

• Creative things
• Do what used to be fun


• Morbid introspection
• Fixed on my failures

Mark 1:35 'Very early… Jesus went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.'

• Maintain daily quiet time with God
• Emphasis on praise and intercession

Together  • Withdrawing from people Hebrews 10:25 'Let us not give up meeting together… but let us encourage one another...'

• Support of group Bible study
• Share need but don't expect to be the total center of the group


By Rick J. Petronella, Ph. D. - Compass Consulting & Behavioral Medicine

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